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Room by Room Savings: The Bedroom

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homeowners typically spend about $2,000 every year on their energy bills. We’ve put together a series of posts that will show you how to save energy in your home, room by room. We’ve already covered the kitchen, living room, and bathroom; time to rest and relax with tips for the bedroom.

Bedtime Tips

  • Dial your thermostat back while you sleep. By properly adjusting your home’s temperature at night, and again during the day when you’re out of the house, you can save $180/year on energy bills. Check out these programmable thermostat tips for more information.
  • Make sure to switch off personal electronics before going to sleep. Consider getting a smart power strip, which shuts off electronics that are no longer in use, to avoid high standby power costs.

Lighting

  • Upgrade your bedroom lighting to ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs, which use 70-90% less energy than standard bulbs.
  • In the bedroom, the importance of general lighting is secondary to warmly illuminated small areas and accurately lit task areas. Reading light can be provided by a table lamp on a nightstand or a fixture mounted on a wall behind the headboard. Desks, closets, and vanities require their own task lights. Architectural lighting, wall sconces, or a torchiere will provide sufficient lighting for the rest of the room.
  • ENERGY STAR certified bulbs come in a variety of shapes, colors, and brightness—many are even dimmable—making it easy to find the perfect bulb for late night reading or early morning wake-up calls.

Heating and Cooling

  • Take advantage of natural daylight to heat your home efficiently, starting in the bedroom. On cool days, open blinds in the morning to allow heat from the sun into your room. It’ll give your HVAC system a break, plus it’s a great way to wake yourself up in the morning. Then at night, close your blinds to prevent heat loss and get a good night’s sleep.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts with tips and resources on how to save energy (and money!) in other areas of your home.

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